Cleveland Police officer fired after investigation reveals inaccurate reporting, drug use

Cleveland Police officer fired after investigation reveals inaccurate reporting, drug use
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The city announced the termination of a Cleveland Police officer on Wednesday afternoon.

A press release said the city’s internal investigation revealed Howard Hart, 31, committed a slew of violations.

He was fired on Tuesday, according to a press release.

The violations include an inaccurate use of force report and drug use.

In December, the city fired another Cleveland Police officer, John Petkac, after an investigation found him guilty of multiple use of force violations.

Hart is accused of inaccurately reporting a victim’s allegation of force against Petkac, according to a termination letter.

Hart is also accused of possessing and using crack cocaine between July 2016 and July 2020, according to the letter.

Hart allegedly admitted to four years of crack cocaine use to a Cleveland Police Sergeant.

Hart was hired in 2015, according to a press release.

Hart was most recently assigned to the Third District to do basic patrol. He’s been off-duty due to illness, a press release said.

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